World War Two RAF Squadron Numbering System.

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I would like some inputs from the RAF Gurus on this board. The RAF Squadron numbers in World War II ranged anywhere from 1 to 700 from what i have read and heard. I also observed quite interestingly that Squadrons from Other airforces were slowly renumbered and bought within this particular range. For Example the RCAF Squadrons went into the 400s range - like 1 RCAF became 401 RCAF etc. The Free French, Dutch , Belgian units went into the 300 series. Ditto with RAAF and RNZAF Squadrons. However the South African Air Force maintained its distinct identity. -What was the logic behind the renumbering / formation of new units? -Where the American 'Eagle' Squadrons renumbered or were they passed on wholesale to the USAF? I did find it quite strange that none of the Indian Air Force (or RIAF) Squadrons underwent such kind or renumbering. For example. No.1 Sqn, IAF remained No.1 thruout the war. I asked around quite a few people, but have not recieved any convincing replies. Hoping to find better luck here this time.
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RE: World War Two RAF Squadron Numbering System. Jagan, Get hold of a copy of Wing Commander Jefford's book "RAF Squadrons a comprehensive record of the movement and equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their antecedants since 1912" Airlife Pubs 1988 ISBN 1853100536. This excellent book contains a list of the blocks of unit number allocations for all three services from 1 to 1999. If you are in the UK you can order it in your local library. Regards, Simon

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RE: World War Two RAF Squadron Numbering System. Thanks Simon, sounds like an interesting book. will check it up